Fudbalski klub Rad (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Рад) is a professional Serbian football club based in Belgrade. The club's name translates as "work" or "labour" due to being formed by the construction company of the same name in 1958. Rad is one of the more popular clubs in Serbian football, competing regularly in the top tier of Serbian club football.

Rad
Full nameFudbalski klub Rad
Nickname(s)Građevinari (The Builders)
Founded10 March 1958; 61 years ago (1958-03-10)
GroundKing Peter I Stadium
Capacity3,919
Head coachDragan Radojičić
LeagueSerbian SuperLiga
2019–20Serbian SuperLiga, 13th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Rad was founded in 1958 by workers of the GRO Rad company. From the start the club had two major local rivals: Banjica and Jajinci, these rivalries were the rivals of the company but quickly it passed to football. The following individuals are considered as club's founders: Petar Đerasimović, the first president, Radojica Tanasijević, the first general selector, Željko Marjanović, the first financial adviser, and Ljubomir Lazić, the first vice president. The players that have played in 1958 can feel like founders as well, Rad had a lot of young players that were schooled in the First league teams, some players would include: Lazar Slavković, Đurđe Ivković, Vladimir Acević, Teodor Šušnjar, Milan Abramović, Brana Djaković, Aleksandar Banić, Živojin Rafailović, Aleksandar Andrejić, and a little later Sreten "Sele" Antić, Milan "Selja" Jovanović, and others.

The first head coach was Nikola Marjanović. The parliament has given the club a pitch in the center of Banjica, a few concrete stands were made, and later locker rooms were added, as well as the restaurant. The club had supporters in the Banjica region, which followed their club away and home. Rad quickly got promoted to the Belgrade League. In the period from 1965 to 1969, a change of generations had taken place. At that time the leaders were Ljubomir Lazić and Radomir Antić, notable managers were Đorđević and Đurđević, leaders for the players were Ratomir Janković, Vlada Vlaović, Matović, Zoran Bulatović, Dutina, Čeh and others.

The club's greatest success occurred in 1988–89 season when it finished the Yugoslav First League competition in fourth spot, ahead of many richer clubs such as Partizan. This success qualified Rad for the UEFA Cup in the 1989–90 season, where it was eliminated 2–3 on aggregate in the first round by Olympiacos (Rad lost 0–2 in Athens after winning 2–1 on home ground).

In 2011 Rad competed in the Europa League the club's second appearance in European competition and again the opponent was from Greece this time Olympiakos Volou. The first game played in Belgrade at the home ground of FK Obilic finished in a 0–1 loss for Rad, the second leg in Greece finished 1–1 with Nemanja Kojic scoring for Rad, which meant Rad where eliminated from the Europa League at the first hurdle.[1]

In February 2017, a section of Rad supporters were accused of shouting racist abuse during a match against FK Partizan that reduced opposition player Everton Luiz to tears and resulted in confrontation between the opposing sides at the end of the match.[2]

Name changes through historyEdit

  • 1958: club founded under the name of FK Rad
  • 1990: renamed to FK GRO Rad
  • 1993: renamed again to FK Rad

StadiumEdit

The stadium of Rad is the King Petar I Stadium, commonly known as "Stadion na Banjici" (Stadium at Banjica), which is located in the southern part of Belgrad's Banjica neighbourhood, and holds about 3,919 people. It was built in 1977 although its stand dates back to the pre-World War II period when it was used for military parades and other state celebrations during the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.[3]

Supporters & RivalriesEdit

Rad's supporters group was founded in 1987 under the name United Force, a relatively small but strong and well organized group. They have a historic association with football hooliganism.

They profess far-right ultra-nationalist views, making them very unpopular with Bosniak Muslim nationalist fans of Novi Pazar.[4] They also have a local rivalry with the Crvena Zvezda, Partizan, OFK Beograd-Voždovac alliance with whom they contest Belgrade derbies.

HonoursEdit

Yugoslav Second League

Rad in European competitionsEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1989–90 UEFA Cup R1   Olympiacos Piraeus 2–1 0–2 2–3
2011–12 Europa League QR1   Tre Penne 6–0 3–1 9–1
QR2   Olympiakos Volos 0–1 1–1 1–2

Current squadEdit

First teamEdit

As of 21 July 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Stojan Leković
2   DF Marko Nikolić
4   DF Nikola Đorić
5   DF Miloš Tanović
6   MF Veljko Roganović
7   DF Milan Perendija
9   FW Filip Kasalica
10   MF Miloš Bosančić
12   DF Đorđe Bašanović
13   MF Nikola Tričković
14   FW Miloš Trifunović
16   DF Milan Jagodić
17   MF Ostoja Stjepanović
18   DF Nemanja Petrović
No. Position Player
20   DF Branislav Milošević
21   FW Ljubomir Kovačević
22   MF Aleksandar Busnić
23   MF Miloš Šaka
25   DF Dušan Stević
26   GK Dušan Marković
27   MF Dušan Živković
28   MF Branko Riznić
29   FW Veljko Trifunović
30   FW Darko Bjedov
55   MF Vanja Ilić
87   MF Aleksandar Trninić
88   GK Danijel Mićanović
90   MF Goran Smiljanić

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2019.

Technical staffEdit

  •   Dragan Radojičić – Head Coach
  •   Dragoslav Milenković – Assistant Coach
  •   Slađan Nikolić – Trainer
  •   Vladan Radača – Goalkeeper Coach
  •   Vladimir Procikijević – Physical Coach
  •   Zdravko Marinković – Recovery Coach
  •   Zoran Rakić – Recovery Coach

Notable playersEdit

The club official website considers Duško Ajder and Dragan Kokotović as club´s two major legends. Beside them, important players in different historical periods are considered Miodrag Vranješ, Ratomir Janković and Lazar Slavković.[5]

Former players with senior national team appearances:[6]

For the list of all current and former players with Wikipedia article, please see: Category:FK Rad players.

ManagersEdit

The club's current manager is Dragan Radojičić, who was appointed in August 2019.[7]

Kit manufacturersEdit

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2010–2012 Patrick None
2012–2013 Joma
2014–present NAAI Rubikon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.skysports.com/football/rad-vs-olympiacos-volou/245042
  2. ^ "Racist Serb fans torment Brazilian footballer Everton Luiz". BBC News. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  3. ^ FK Rad at srpskistadioni.in.rs
  4. ^ http://www.ultras-tifo.net/photo-news/3236-rad-belgrade-novi-pazar-21-02-2015.html
  5. ^ Club legends Archived 2013-09-30 at the Wayback Machine at FK Rad official website, retrieved 18-9-2013 (in Serbian)
  6. ^ Rad Beograd at National-Football-Teams.com
  7. ^ "Dragan Radojičić novi trener Rada" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 23 August 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.

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